Cleveland Guardians Roster
- AL Central
- Progressive Field
Cleveland Guardians outfield prospect George Valera (hand) is recovering from surgery on his right hand due to a broken hamate bone. The team's top position-player prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, had a similar surgery in 2018. He has been taking dry swings but is expected to be a bit behind the rest of the team's position players in spring training. Valera hit .250 with 25 doubles, 24 home runs and 84 RBI at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus in 2022 while also striking out 145 times and walking 74 times. It typically takes around six to eight weeks to recover from hamate surgery, so it's likely that Valera will begin the year at Triple-A. However, he's a good bet to make his MLB debut at some point in 2023 if he can stay healthy.
The Cleveland Guardians and reliever James Karinchak avoided salary arbitration after inking a one-year, $1.5 million deal. Known to have one of the most sophisticated routines in the game, Karinchak has established himself as one of the most dependable Cleveland arms. He dealt with a shoulder strain this past season which sidelined him for a considerable amount of time, but he still managed to make an impact. Through 38 appearances, Karinchak molded a 2.08 ERA with 62 strikeouts and a 38.8% strikeout rate. He continues to work his way up in the Guardians clubhouse and is vying to increase his workload this coming season. If he can stay healthy, Karinchak is expected to be in a high-leverage role for the Guardians and could see a few save chances behind star closer Emmanuel Clase.
The Cleveland Guardians and starting pitcher Shane Bieber avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $10.01 million deal. Bieber was once again excellent for Cleveland and fantasy managers alike in 2022 in his fifth major-league season, going 13-8 with a 2.88 ERA (2.87 FIP), 1.04 WHIP and 25 percent strikeout rate in 200 innings over his 31 starts. Since 2019, the two-time All-Star and American League Cy Young winner in 2020 has a sharp 2.91 ERA (2.96 FIP), 1.05 WHIP and 713 strikeouts in 588 1/3 innings pitched over 93 outings (92 starts). Bieber is one of the most reliable fantasy aces out there.
The Cleveland Guardians and first baseman/outfielder Josh Naylor avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.35 million deal on Friday. Naylor had by far his best season in the big leagues for Cleveland last year, posting career-highs in home runs (20), RBI (79), runs scored (47) and stolen bases (six) in 122 games while slashing .256/.319/.452 with a .771 OPS. The 25-year-old left-handed slugger from Canada has hit just .209 in his career against left-handed pitchers in four seasons, though, so he loses a lot of mixed league value for fantasy managers as a platoon player for the Guardians.
The Cleveland Guardians and free-agent outfielder Roman Quinn are reportedly in agreement on a minor-league contract, per a tweet from FanSided's Robert Murray on Wednesday morning. Quinn, who spent last season with the Phillies and Rays, gets an invite to spring training. The 29-year-old hit .215 with a .287 on-base percentage and four stolen bases in 87 plate appearances last season. He'll give the American League Central club some additional outfield depth heading into the season. As of now, Cleveland's outfield options on the 40-man roster include Will Benson, Steven Kwan, Myles Straw, Will Brennan, Oscar Gonzalez, Richie Palacios and George Valera.